Quercetin Immobilization onto Chitosan-Functionalized Fe3O4 Magnetic Nanoparticles: Biocompatible Nanomedicine for Overcoming Cancer Cells


Quercetin, one of the bioactive flavonoid, prevents the proliferation of various cancer cells and has anti-cancer effects. In this study, we have developed a novel functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticle by chitosan for quercetin delivery. The magnetic nanoparticles were physicochemically characterized by FT-IR, XRD and FE-SEM. The functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticle was obtained in spherical shape with diameter of 50 nm. Quercetin was efficiently loaded into the prepared magnetic nanoparticles and content of it was determined by the Folin–Ciocalteu assay, finding a 117.9 mg of quercetin/ of magnetic nanoparticles. The cytotoxic activity of prepared MNPs was studied by MTT assay. Quercetin loaded MNPs exhibited greater toxicity against MCF-7 cells compared to quercetin free magnetic nanoparticles. Toxicity effect of quercetin loaded MNPs against cancerous cells make them as promising candidate for further study in cancer treatment.

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Zare, M., Sarkati, M.N., Tashakkorian, H. et al. Quercetin Immobilization onto Chitosan-Functionalized Fe3O4 Magnetic Nanoparticles: Biocompatible Nanomedicine for Overcoming Cancer Cells. J Clust Sci (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10876-021-01982-0

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